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Since its founding in 1985, The Washington Institute has served as a training ground for future policymakers in both Democratic and Republican administrations. During its quarter-century history, an impressive array of talented scholars has been associated with the Institute. They have gone on to join government and help shape American foreign policy in the Middle East. At the same time, upon completion of their public service, some of the best minds from government are attracted to the Institute. This exchange of ideas and people with the executive branch is very much a part of The Washington Institute's effectiveness.

“The Institute has become a reservoir of talent.”

– Secretary of State Warren Christopher

The Institute's prestigious intern and research assistant programs also provide a pathway for college graduates and graduate students to begin the transformation from young scholar to promising analyst and future policymaker. The Institute is proud of its interns and research assistants -- many of whom go on to serve in government and make their own contributions in the policy world.

Current employment opportunities include

The Washington Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Soref Fellow

The Soref fellowship is a one-year research position with full stipend. The fellowship is designed for individuals who have already earned a master's or doctoral degree in U.S. foreign policy or Middle East studies and plan to pursue a career in government, journalism, research, or academia. Soref fellows conduct independent research and acquire first-hand knowledge of U.S. Middle East policymaking. Scholars are asked to contribute written analyses to the Institute's PeaceWatch/PolicyWatch series, while larger research projects may be published as monographs by The Washington Institute.

Application should include professional biography, references, writing sample of scholarly work (e.g., dissertation chapter), policy-writing sample if available (e.g., op-ed), and research proposal. The latter should not exceed 600 words and should highlight both why the topic is of importance to U.S. policymakers, and why the applicant is well qualified to address the topic.
Interested applicants should send a resume and writing sample to:

Dr. Patrick Clawson, Director of Research
pclawson@washingtoninstitute.org
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

No phone calls please.

Decisions are typically made in late spring. Applications submitted by June 1 are much preferred.

Research Assistant

The Washington Institute offers a number of research assistantships to college graduates with an interest and background in Middle East affairs. Research assistants support senior scholars and visiting research fellows, participate in The Washington Institute's weekly Policy Forum luncheons, and contribute to the daily operations of the office. Some assistants publish their work as part of the Institute's Research Notes series. Candidates with near-native fluency in Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish receive strong consideration. Research assistantships are full-time, year-long paid positions with benefits beginning in June of each year.

This position is designed for applicants who have obtained their bachelor's degree only. Qualified, graduate-level applicants are encouraged to apply for the Soref fellowship. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email (please include the phrase "Research Assistant Application" in the subject line) or by post to:

Eric Trager, RA/Intern Program Coordinator
raintern@washingtoninstitute.org
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

No phone calls please.

All 2015-2016 Research Assistant positions have been filled. Applications for 2016-2017 positions are due on February 12, 2016.

Research Intern

Full-time and part-time research internships at The Washington Institute are open to current undergraduates as well as recent graduates with a bachelor's degree. Interns provide research and administrative support to Institute staff. Internships are unpaid.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email (please include the phrase "Internship Application" in the subject line) or by post to:

Eric Trager, RA/Intern Program Coordinator
raintern@washingtoninstitute.org
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

Please include your availability in your cover letter. State whether you are available full time, and when you are available to start. Note that while the Institute prefers applicants who can work full time, we occasionally have room for part-time interns.

No phone calls please.

Application deadlines for internship terms:

  • Fall (September to December): July 15
  • Winter/Spring (January to May): November 1
  • Summer (June to August): April 1

All 2015 Summer term Research Intern positions have been filled. Fall term applications will be considered following the July 15 application deadline.

Media Relations Associate

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, one of the world’s leading research organizations devoted to the Middle East, is seeking a Media Relations Associate to manage our successful outreach program to the news media. The Institute was quoted over 5,000 times in 2014 by top news outlets around the globe. Whether responding to requests or promoting Institute experts, the Media Relations Associate is responsible for ensuring a smooth and effective working relationship with the media. This position is based in our downtown DC Office.

The Media Relations Associate sets up media appearances at the Institute office and in external studios, drafts press releases, maintains a database of media contacts, monitors citations, and updates the press section of the Institute website. The Media Relations Associate must stay abreast of developments in the Middle East and the news media. Working under the Director of Communications, the Media Relations Associate joins a team of professionals devoted to advancing the Institute’s mission through current and emerging technologies.

The Institute is seeking an enthusiastic individual with a passion for public affairs and the news media who can juggle the demands of a busy media-relations operation with professionalism. Candidates should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Previous experience working with the media.
  • Ability to write and speak clearly
  • Familiarity with Middle East issues is a plus.

Full-time employees are offered a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, pre-tax commuting benefits, flexible spending accounts, ample paid time off, and retirement savings program.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter including salary requirements here.

No phone calls or emails, please.

Managing Editor, Fikra Forum

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, one of the world’s leading research organizations devoted to the Middle East, is seeking a managing editor for an updated and expanded version of Fikra Forum: the Institute’s bilingual web platform featuring original analysis on Middle Eastern affairs, including by independent experts and activists based in the region, in both English and Arabic. This position is based in our Washington, D.C. office.

Working under the director of Fikra Forum, the managing editor is responsible for the daily operations of the website, and for directing two assistants. The managing editor will be in charge of editing and soliciting submissions; overseeing website content, design and maintenance; tracking and improving digital analytics; managing outreach, special events, and marketing campaigns, including social media; and recruiting new contributors in the Middle East.

The managing editor will work closely with the Institute’s Arabic and communications staff to help launch a redesigned website, integrating Fikra Forum more closely with other Institute programs, followed by a media and branding campaign. The successful candidate must have deep knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs and closely follow regional developments.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Previous managerial and/or editorial experience.
  • Able to write and edit English language articles at the level of a professional journalist.
  • Ability to read and edit analytical articles in Arabic.
  • Demonstrated social media knowledge and successes.
  • Familiarity with or aptitude for WordPress CMS and Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator.

The Washington Institute offers its full-time employees a generous benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, generous paid time off, and a retirement savings program.

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter, along with salary requirements no later than May 31, here.

No calls or emails to staff regarding this position are accepted, please.